In a breaking story that is actually one that has been playing out over the last year or two, yet another insurance company or third-party payer has now settled for an undisclosed amount. A settlement was achieved between Cigna and the plaintiffs in response to a lawsuit filed against them and the Infectious Disease Society of America. A number of Lyme disease victims had accused them of collusion in denying appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic medical care. Recently, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas and Kaiser Permanente also reached confidential settlements. It would be nice to be able to access the details of these cases, but of course, because of the settlement, they will remain secret. One can only imagine some of the facts that were disclosed. This basically guarantees that there will never be a jury trial. Nonetheless, the public needs to know that behind the scenes powerful Big Box players in healthcare – both those providing the care and their colluding partners – the ones taking your money and paying for the care – have been engaged in a conspiratorial effort to deny the existence of a disease and the appropriate treatment of it. The secrecy speaks for itself.
When asked, most physicians and other healthcare providers will tell patients and families that vaccines are completely safe, reactions are rare, and when they do occur, they are minor. But is this the truth? Here, a report is highlighted that demonstrates otherwise and is well documented. When the incidence of autism is now ~ 1 out of every 37 male births in America, someone needs to be asking some questions as to why. The relationship between neurodevelopmental issues and vaccines would appear to be — minimally — worth some rigorous research. But the level of denial – rising to the point that even bringing it up in polite company risks banishment socially, politically, and academically – has gotten to the point where someone needs to have the courage to speak up.
The whimsical application of pharmacology to behavior in children has become, well, almost an epidemic. I often wonder how we can tell adults not to use alcohol to “calm down” when we are so quick to have children take pills so that they can “pay attention”. Is anyone actually looking at the underlying causes? Probably not because that would hurt sales. Finally, however, this is starting to get the attention of state legislatures, particularly here in Minnesota……
Once in a while a book comes along that sort of “changes everything”.
For what seems like many decades there has been a contentious and ongoing dialogue between those who believe that Lyme disease is some over represented, mythical condition that leads to patient histrionics and even malingering and others – including affected patients themselves – who understand that this is a profound disease that lingers and oftentimes is simply irremediable. Institutions like the Mayo Clinic, for example, rely simply on flawed and out of date laboratory testing that will leave patients hanging. They will give them no diagnosis at all or tell them that they are simply “depressed while they remain disabled with intractable symptoms.
In the late 1990s returning astronauts from the International Space Station tended to be quite deconditioned, and many were depressed, had sleep disorders and fibromyalgia, and exhibited other symptoms of chronic ill defined illness that required months of recovery. For a while it was thought that the weightless environment was responsible, but quickly it became apparent that there was a lack of key elements of light and electromagnetic energy similar to that which we all experience living here on terra firma. We are indeed energetic beings, and when certain types (frequencies) of energy are gone, our biology becomes chaotic and dysfunctional — curiously resembling a lot of the chronic illness for which our wonderful pharmacopia is ill-suited. In fact profound changes occur in immune function that reactivate latent viruses like EBV, CMV, and other bugs thought to be associated with mysterious illnesses like chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia. Could it be that these illnesses are more a result of weakening or inadequate exposure to healthy electromagnetic energy than they are of the viruses themselves?
We are yet again migrating to a new EMR after March 1st for a number of reasons, the major one of which is to ease communications and correct problems we have had in the past year with our current one. Lab tests and other portal communications have been saved (and found in some cases), so they will be available upon request. The new link to register for the new record and portal is HERE. Most all of any other “paperwork” can be done at the time of the next visit, whether by phone or in the office. We will also have the capacity to do telemedicine visits, like a Skype communication, that will be secure (unlike Skype). The scheduling process will also be improved and more accurate. We look forward to focusing on the issues of health and less on information technology going forward. Btw, that is a Vulcan sign, so this is going to work quite well.
Shocking that this discovery has now been made by the mainstream scientific establishment. The next thing you know, we will be closing in on candy and pop as unhealthy nutrients. The chronically ill who are routinely ushered off to psychiatrist for antidepressants or to “fibromyalgia clinic” to learn how to accept their condition might actually at some point in the hopefully near future be treated differently.
It would seem that “vaccine safety” is simply an assumption that most members of the medical community make given the fact that it is almost heresy to question it. Faculty have been removed from major medical institutions for even raising any concern that “we should still study it.” But now, it appears that the federal government has been lying to the community for over 30 years. They have done ZERO reporting as mandated by a 1986 law regarding vaccine safety. It’s all been kept under wraps as it were. It turns out that all of those “vaccine deniers” have been right all along. Shame on the academic institutions for having their heads in the sand or perhaps elsewhere…
A growing number of households use any number of brands of weedkiller on their lawns these days. Or we hire some company (Truly Safe Lawn Care or whatever) to spray “totally organic” weedkillers. The vast majority of them have 2,4 D (dichlorophenoxyacetic acid), a chemical developed by Dow in the 1940s that is largely responsible for that golf course lawn. The recent Monsanto verdict re Roundup and lymphoma is just the beginning. My neighbors — many of whom are very nice people — are simply tone deaf when it comes to their lawns and gardens. They buy organic produce then spray their grounds with Roundup and 2,4 D so they can breathe, drink, and absorb it for months out of the year. Then they are astonished when they get the oncology referral. You need to pay attention…
Clean Label Project completed a study of 134 protein powders on the market. The alarming results found 70% contained lead, 74% contained cadmium, and 55% contained BPA. Many of the worst cases were products I see on the shelves of local health food stores. I’m often asked by patients to offer my opinion on products patients find at these stores. My reply is often vague as I don’t really know how each company handles the ingredients they use in their products. Most of the companies I recommend are only sold through health care providers and are likely going to cost a bit more. But, I know they test the raw ingredients before using them in their products. Scary thing is, when these higher quality labels actually reject a substance for these reasons, the supplier takes the product back and resells it to another company. These are likely the products you see for seemingly better prices in the retail outlets and online. Hopefully, the American Botanical Council is successful in their effort to change this practice — Julie Tebben CNP
Minnesota Natural Medicine – the oldest and most experienced medical clinic integrating board-certified internal medicine, functional and naturopathic medicine, and energetic tools, along with the most modern forms of genomic and functional testing that personalizes care. Issues that we address range from common medical conditions such as migraine headaches intestinal irritability to complex chronic illness in the elderly. Each case is treated as a unique one. Our aim is to “compress morbidity” as much as possible into the end of life. That is to say we attempt to optimize functional health in all areas regardless of the underlying illness.
We have no insurance contracts that bind us to specific treatments and which would otherwise prevent us from exploring novel tests and treatments. This includes Medicare. A couple of Minnesota companies are particularly punitive about denying payment to patients who submit claims from our office. A new service can help cut through the unjust denial of benefits. Medical Bill Gurus will freely evaluate your claim to maximize your coverage.
Existing patients who have not yet registered for the patient portal – our communication link – may do so here.
We employ novel tools for risk management and treatment above and beyond those routine tests that have been done for years in the standard clinic. Some examples of this include:
Arterial pulse wave analysis is the advanced method to measure blood pressure and to determine the health of arteries and the true need for blood pressure and other medications affecting the heart and vessels.
Oncoblot and IvyGene testing are blood tests that can detect the presence of malignancies long before they are visible by standard techniques such as x-rays, mammograms, scans, or colonoscopy. The Oncoblot test is expected to return to the marketplace in the coming year after upgrades to make it less expensive and allow the turnaround to be much quicker. This permits detection of malignant cells long before they become a clinical issue. We feel that this is the future of cancer management – eliminate it before it has a chance to grow. The FDA has not approved either test, but they are extraordinarily useful nonetheless in conjunction with the usual standards of care.
We formulate compounded medications and nutraceuticals that are generally unavailable as drugs or supplements through standard sourcing. We now offer total customization for supplements and nutraceuticals — the first in Minnesota.
Microcurrent, PEMF, red light/near infra red phototherapy and K laser therapies are applied to injured tissue, brain injuries, and degenerative areas to promote recovery rather than simply treating symptoms with antidepressants, steroids or pain medications that usually are simply Band-Aids. Although medications for pain or mood can certainly be helpful, they are not a long-term solution. We have just added PEMF therapy that will open up a new area for treatment of chronic pain and degenerative conditions as well as neurocognitive disorders.
Immunotherapy utilizes very low concentrations of proteins from common pathogens that are likely induction agents for many autoimmune conditions. Individuals who simply can’t get better after suffering from Lyme disease in its many forms, often require treatments that have little to do with antibiotics.
Pharmacogenomic testing provides an analysis of each persons genotype and how it will respond to various drug classes. This can make the difference between the application of an effective drug at the proper dose and dosing interval versus someone using a drug that’s either not effective or that will be predictably causing adverse reactions.
These are just some of the areas that the management of complex illness the 21st century requires.